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Laura’s House joins Verizon to educate about domestic violence

The partnership has resulted in “Lunch & Learn” awareness sessions as well as a $50,000 grant

By Kylie MalstromPublished: December 13, 2011 12:20 PM

Verizon Wireless has partnered with Laura’s House, a Ladera Ranch-based nonprofit that supports families affected by domestic violence, in order to raise awareness of this issue among its employees. Verizon and Laura’s House brought “Lunch & Learn” sessions to Verizon’s headquarters in Irvine during Domestic Violence Awareness Month earlier this year.

“According to the American Institute of Domestic Violence, nearly 8 million days of paid work are lost each year due to women being abused at home,” said Margaret Bayston, executive director and CEO of Laura’s House. “We are pleased to partner with Verizon Wireless in providing the informative Lunch & Learn sessions to help educate their employees on how to detect and intervene in situations where domestic violence is a factor. By offering these sessions to their employees, Verizon continues to demonstrate their commitment and passion for education, training and advocacy.”

Laura’s House brought the educational series to Verizon’s Irvine offices in October. The program addressed topics related to domestic violence and was specifically requested by Verizon.

Marissa Presley, prevention education specialist for Laura’s House, presented discussion subjects including the history of domestic violence, teen dating violence (including two survivors as guest speakers) and the effects of domestic violence on children.

“Our goal in partnering with Laura’s House to provide these Lunch & Learn sessions is to help our employees feel more comfortable and knowledgeable about dealing with situations that arise in the workplace as a result of domestic violence,” said Margi Simoni-Leibovitch, Associate Director of West Area Sales Training for Verizon Wireless. “By working together with nonprofit organizations like Laura’s House, we can help to ‘end the silence’ of domestic violence’ by arming our employees with the tools and knowledge they need to educate and prevent violence from occurring within their communities.”

These sessions were part of the ongoing partnership between Laura’s House and Verizon that has resulted in, among other things, Laura’s House receipt of a $50,000 Verizon Wireless HopeLine Technology Grant. The grant was used to finance technology upgrades that enable survivors of domestic violence search for jobs, apartments or schools for their children. It also modernized the agency’s computerized case management system.

The Lunch & Learn program is expected to continue with other companies next year.


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